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How to Transition from Writing Short Stories to Writing a Novel

Many writers test the waters of fiction with the short story form before moving on to writing a novel. MFA programs usually immerse writers in the craft of short fiction, so that candidates emerge from the program with a completed short story collection and many hours of short fiction...

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5 Powerful Daily Habits for Writers

Over the course of a 20-year writing career, I’ve learned a few things about the daily habits that result in published books and continued creativity. The habits that form a strong foundation for a writing life have little to do with networking and speed-writing, much to do with solitude and...

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Novel Writing Master Class Series or Novel in Nine: Which course is right for you?

Aspiring novelists often ask me for help in choosing between the Novel Writing Master Class Series and Novel in Nine. This post will help you decide which is the best course to fit your writing goals. Both Novel in 9 and the Novel Writing Master Class Series include lessons on the...

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How do you know if you have a good idea for a novel?

So you want to write a novel. But how do you know if the idea you've come up with is worthy of a novel? How do you know that your story can be maintained over the course of 80,000 words or so? Watch this video to help you determine whether your situation is novel-worthy. The video is excerpted...

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How to Write Suspense

Suspense, simply stated, is the quality of the novel that causes readers to wonder, “What happens next?” Whether you’re writing a literary novel or a genre novel or a literary genre novel, there’s no story without suspense. In this episode of The Caffeinated Writer Writing and Publishing Podcast,...

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Common Mistakes You Might Be Making in Your Novel

Your job as a novelist is to entertain your readers. Enlighten them, yes. Wow them with beautiful sentences, yes. Give them something to think about, someone to relate to, a new way of seeing an old thing: absolutely. But job number one is to entertain. You have to give them a good story. Here...

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5 Steps to Starting a New Writing Project

Do you want to write a novel? Download your free novel planning worksheets to help you get started. Chances are, writing more is one of your New Year's resolutions. No matter how committed we are on January 1st, resolutions often fall by the wayside. Fortunately, you really don't need a...

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Four Ways to Spark Your Creativity Today

Psst: Download your free novel planning worksheets to help you get started. Where do great creative ideas come from? The ether? The collective unconscious? Some combination of events, relationships, experiences, and books in the writer’s past? Whatever cosmic soup your own novel is made of,...

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The Writer's Path

Here’s the good news: while books may have a shelf life, writers don't. We don’t have to do our best work by the age of twenty, and, in fact, for most of us, our best work will come much later than that. Are you 45 and you haven’t yet published a book? 60? 65? No worries. The path is long...

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Best Books for Writers

Are you looking for some literary inspiration? Here are some of the best books for writers--books that offer inspiration, analysis, practical advice on craft, and thoughts on the writing life. Of course, as wonderful as these books are, no book about writing is a substitute for reading great...

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